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IRrelevant Astronomy

NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center

It's the series Aint-It-Cool-News calls ''the most (intentionally) hilarious series of educational films you'll find...the pieces carry a Muppets-esque charm.'' Alan Dyer at Discovery.com says it's ''a lot of fun, and breaks the mold for NASA videos.'' Recently a top-10 finalist for ''Best Science/Technology Podcast'' at the 2008 Podcast Awards, IRrelevant Astronomy is packed with CG animation and snarky humor, all wrapped around the latest astronomy news and science from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It's infrared-relevant! Also available in HD. Archived from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irrelevant-astronomy/id272545572. Items in this collection are restricted.

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Dec 16, 2015 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Stampy helps a student learn about the engineering behind NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Featuring Richard Horvitz, Robert Picardo, and Danny Pudi.
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Feb 12, 2014 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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When a science-mad A.I. system is installed at NASA, two hapless computer technicians learn the process behind nuclear fusion in the Sun, and how it differs from fission.
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Jul 16, 2013 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Deep inside an astronomer's head, a parasite (voiced by Alan Tudyk) taps into his brain to learn about...science! Specifically, about why astronauts appear weightless in space. Wil Wheaton co-stars.
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Feb 26, 2013 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Cameron Diaz teaches Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) how astronomers can measure the mass of asteroids from tremendous distances.
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Mar 18, 2011 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Did you know 13.7 billion year old radiation from the Big Bang can be seen on any analogue TV set? In this mini-musical, a fictional couple (Brigitte Dale, Marc Helou) discuss the science behind this. Original song written & performed by Danny Tieger.
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Feb 16, 2011 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Veronica Belmont co-hosts a space-themed talk show with Astronomy Anemone, a carnivorous man-eating sea polyp. WARNING: contains scenes of cartoon violence and scientific jargon.
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Nov 28, 2010 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) meets The Physician (Wil Wheaton), an intergalactic buttinsky in a small blue box spaceship. Together, they work to escape "The Destroyer of Worlds," a binary star system that is destroying its inner planets. With Brigitte Dale.
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Aug 10, 2010 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Actor Sean Astin is hired by a bullying educational film Director and her Flunky sidekick to explain about the life and death of stars. But when things go wrong on the set, actor Sandeep Parikh is hired to replace Sean... only to have things take a bizarre twist.
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May 25, 2010 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Amy Okuda flies to Saturn to observe a new giant ring around the planet: the largest ring ever discovered in our Solar System, but one that was only recently revealed through infrared observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2009. While there, she and Irwin (voiced by Wil Wheaton) encounter an old enemy, and must defeat their sinister plot. Ed Wasser also stars. Watch the 3D version on YouTube
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Mar 9, 2010 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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A singing NASA supervisor uses song to explain about NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and how infrared astronomy differs from visible-light telescopes like Hubble.
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Oct 26, 2009 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the galaxy Andromeda and our own galaxy, in this mock behind-the-scenes look at the making of an educational video. Sean Astin also stars.
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Aug 24, 2009 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Linda Hamilton attempts to foil the robots' plans of Universal conquest; meanwhile, Dean Stockwell explains the concept of "looking back in time" at objects in space, and how it helps astronomers understand how the Universe has evolved. Starring Ed Wasser as the voice of IR-2.
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Mar 11, 2009 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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While trapped in an interdimensional portal between two brown dwarfs, IR-2 and the robots encounter their evil twins from an alternate universe.
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Jan 23, 2009 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Hoping for his birthday to come around sooner, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer, faster orbit around the sun, and learns an important lesson about life in the Universe.
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Nov 25, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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During a tense face-off with a sinister (but extremely slow-moving) alien race, Dr. Michelle shows IR-1 how scientists can determine what extrasolar planets are made of, even when the planets are too far away to see.
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Oct 22, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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IR-2 opens diplomatic relations with the Earth, as a first step toward ruling over all humans on the planet.
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Aug 25, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Does the Helix Nebula look like a human eye? Why do we think we see well-known objects in nebulous images from space? An astronomer and his therapist clash over the issue in this comedic but educational animated short.
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Jul 21, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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IR-2 and his crew learn about PAHs, which may be the building blocks of all life in the Universe, and decide to put them to good use.
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Jul 2, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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While the robots are away, a sad and lonely man calls in with a beautiful image of the Omega Centauri globular cluster.
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May 16, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Where do stars come from? IR-2 analyzes recent Spitzer imagery to find out, while an imposing Ratings-bot oversees the broadcast.
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Apr 21, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Are tiny diamonds really common in the Universe? Join the intrepid Mountie Martin as he endeavors to find out, while on the trail of the sinister Sammy the Smuggler!
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Mar 13, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Astronomers have discovered huge amounts of water around baby stars; IR-2 and his crew plan to make use of it.
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Mar 4, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Will an asteroid strike the Earth and wipe out all life as we know it? IR-2 and his robotic crew make random phone calls to find out.
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Feb 8, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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Viewing liquids in extreme temperatures in both visible and infrared light, this episode of the Skinfrared series gives viewers a perspective on how infrared observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope view the Universe.
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Jan 17, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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While in battle around the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, Dr. Michelle teaches IR-1 the science behind these giant singularities.
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Jan 15, 2008 NASA's Spitzer Science Center and Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
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What is infrared light? The Skinfrared series contrasts the world around us in both visible and infrared light, giving the viewer a perspective on how infrared observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope view the Universe.